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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 2528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Great flavor. Not real bitter, but with fairly complex flavors. Will have again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2002
It was neato, it wasnt like a hop bite bitterness though where it kind of washes over your mouth like say sierra nevada. The bitterness was just "there" in that very bhuddist kind of sense...pretty good and enjoyable. Malty nose with some florals going on.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2451) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Excellent color and clarity. Not too bitter but what bitterness there is from the hops lingers for a little while after drinking. A definate enjoyment to drink. I have not had many bitters but this stands at the head of them all. Oh, and a decent head also when poured from their different bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Its funny what the english consider bitter. I found no bitterness in this product or anything else admirable to make me want to buy this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Nice rich bronze color. Malty and fruity with robust hop bitterness and hints of toffee and honey.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
I had this on tap, cask conditioned. Nice brew, but not all that bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2002
The best ESB Iíve ever had, very balanced and Iím looking forward to enjoying more this winter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Quite enjoyable. Smells exactly like (but tastes nothing like) Sam Smithís Nut Brown Ale. Very nice dark amber color with nice lace that builds to a mild head around the sides of the glass. More malty than bitter, but still very tasty. Not likely to overly excite a straight-out hophead, but I will definitely buy it again. Very nice winter ale with a nice dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1673) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Pours a deep amber bordering on reddish brown with a finger and half worth of off-white head. Carbonation is mild and a nice bitter hop character balances smootly with malt caramel flavor underlying. The head is quickly diminishing, but leaves behind ample lacing. A fine easy drinker!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 One of my favorite memories comes from attempting to "ween" my youngest from the habbit of wanting a sip from my beers when she was only two years oldd or so. Thought this one would make her stop, but NO - she wanted MORE! Iíve since lost the taste for this I once had, but enjoy the buterscotch and other flavors now and again.


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